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Slooh172,775*Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Annular Solar Eclipse with Ring of Fire live from Australia* Slooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time view of the *Annular Solar Eclipse* from Australia.  Viewers can capture a first look of the eclipse on Slooh.com, Thursday, May 9th starting at 2:30 PM PDT / 5:30 PM EDT / 21:30 UTC as the Moon’s shadow begins its journey over Australia on its way to eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Gilbert Islands, and finally over the Pacific Ocean. *Viewers can watch live on their PC/MAC or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon.* The Slooh broadcast team, along with Bob Berman, author of numerous astronomy books, and contributing editor and monthly columnist for Astronomy magazine, will provide live commentary.  As a special treat, Slooh will broadcast an additional feed of the Sun from the Prescott Solar Observatory, a fantastic facility located in Arizona - giving viewers a unique look of the Sun from the other side of the world. *Download the free Slooh iPad App:* www.appstore.com/slooh *Slooh Annular Eclipse Video:* http://youtu.be/_MZQRFIxJiY #solareclipse   #ringoffire   #eclipse   #annulareclipse   #sun   #moon   #lunar   #slooh   #hangoutsonair  Slooh's Coverage of Annular Solar Eclipse2013-05-09 23:30:00357  

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2015-07-19 16:51:51 (59 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Punday or How I learned to stop worrying and love piles of bones

Sometimes I get a little obsessive about getting a picture just like I want it (this is not an example). I've been working days (actually nights) on a bunch of bones for an article I want to write. Nobody except me will even look twice at it, but I couldn't stop until I finally got it right. A composite of ~30 pictures and the working copy was over 1 GB. the final photo is only 60 MB, but I'll only be able to share it at a fraction of the size. Je suis fou, n'est ce pas ? 

Anyway, time for a little fun again. I'm taking a break then playing the rest of the evening. 

Photo: I saw parts of this photo at a medical bookstore in Berlin. Other parts are intended for your amusement. (hopefully it loads at a size you can see the additions) 7 changes, but one may not be obvious. 

Most reshares: 36

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2015-07-14 22:19:33 (32 comments, 36 reshares, 426 +1s)Open 

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable
                                                                       (Seneca)

Raptors are focused birds: highly intelligent, aware, fierce and independent. I admire them on the ground and in the air. that is all. 

Photo 
I took this picture in April 2014 at the Volerie des Aigles in Kintzheim, France. To be honest, I'm not sure anymore which species it was. Based on there web page I think it may be a red-tailed hawk (French Buse à queue rousse)
The photo has been downsized to only 1920*1080 so it's easier to view on mobile devices. 

Link
http://www.voleriedesaigles.com/th_gallery/buse-a-queue-rousse/# 

Tags : so that birdlovers have a better chance to find this lovely specimen. 
#birdsgallery  #birdphotography   #birds4all   #birdpoker... more »

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2015-07-14 22:19:33 (32 comments, 36 reshares, 426 +1s)Open 

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable
                                                                       (Seneca)

Raptors are focused birds: highly intelligent, aware, fierce and independent. I admire them on the ground and in the air. that is all. 

Photo 
I took this picture in April 2014 at the Volerie des Aigles in Kintzheim, France. To be honest, I'm not sure anymore which species it was. Based on there web page I think it may be a red-tailed hawk (French Buse à queue rousse)
The photo has been downsized to only 1920*1080 so it's easier to view on mobile devices. 

Link
http://www.voleriedesaigles.com/th_gallery/buse-a-queue-rousse/# 

Tags : so that birdlovers have a better chance to find this lovely specimen. 
#birdsgallery  #birdphotography   #birds4all   #birdpoker... more »

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2015-07-30 07:14:31 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Landing Pad

I saw this flower on Sunday. Among flower beacons for insects this one has got to be one of the clearest. 

As for the photo I decided to take a bit different approach with it format-wise. (2:1)  Hopefully it will still show up nicely for those of you on mobile devices. 

Have a great Thorsday folks! 

Landing Pad

I saw this flower on Sunday. Among flower beacons for insects this one has got to be one of the clearest. 

As for the photo I decided to take a bit different approach with it format-wise. (2:1)  Hopefully it will still show up nicely for those of you on mobile devices. 

Have a great Thorsday folks! ___

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2015-07-29 17:23:44 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

This is the article I was referring to in my previous post. I may not be able to get out and take any nature photos at the moment, but look at these shots by Max Goldberg! What a fantastic experience!

I'm looking forward to more of Max' work. You can also check out his photos on Flickr (maybe we'll get him over here on GPlus / Google Photos too). There's a link in article. 

+Kate Stone and +Got Science 

This is the article I was referring to in my previous post. I may not be able to get out and take any nature photos at the moment, but look at these shots by Max Goldberg! What a fantastic experience!

I'm looking forward to more of Max' work. You can also check out his photos on Flickr (maybe we'll get him over here on GPlus / Google Photos too). There's a link in article. 

+Kate Stone and +Got Science ___

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2015-07-29 06:38:27 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Sigmaringen II

This is a view from the footbridge next to the railroad trestle across the Danube. I have enhanced this one by duplicating the picture onto a second layer and brightening the castle walls, so you can see more. The time of day wasn't great for a photo, but I had to take it when I was there.

Some of you may be wondering when I'll finally get back to nature photography. The fact is that I've been going through a really busy period in real life and haven't been able to get out for a while. I do have good news though!

Today on +Got Science a new nature photographer (Max Goldberg) will have an article go-live. I've seen his pictures on Flickr although I haven't seen the article yet. I am sure there will be excellent photos. Please check it out! It should be available here: http://www.gotscience.org/  approximately 1PM London time or8 ... more »

Sigmaringen II

This is a view from the footbridge next to the railroad trestle across the Danube. I have enhanced this one by duplicating the picture onto a second layer and brightening the castle walls, so you can see more. The time of day wasn't great for a photo, but I had to take it when I was there.

Some of you may be wondering when I'll finally get back to nature photography. The fact is that I've been going through a really busy period in real life and haven't been able to get out for a while. I do have good news though!

Today on +Got Science a new nature photographer (Max Goldberg) will have an article go-live. I've seen his pictures on Flickr although I haven't seen the article yet. I am sure there will be excellent photos. Please check it out! It should be available here: http://www.gotscience.org/  approximately 1PM London time or 8 AM New York (EDT). I'll definitely share with you later if you don't get a chance to visit. ___

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2015-07-28 20:49:06 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

#julydailyphoto Day 28 for +Carrie Simpson 's July Challenge. 

and now that I've got that out of my system it's time to get to fun stuff: the stream, snark and a book. Have a great evening!

#julydailyphoto Day 28 for +Carrie Simpson 's July Challenge. 

and now that I've got that out of my system it's time to get to fun stuff: the stream, snark and a book. Have a great evening!___

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2015-07-28 06:17:55 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Happy Tuesday!

Have a dose of color and a memory of a sunny day. Not a macro shot. This was done with my "walkabout".

Catch you later!

Happy Tuesday!

Have a dose of color and a memory of a sunny day. Not a macro shot. This was done with my "walkabout".

Catch you later!___

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2015-07-27 22:12:27 (29 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Glad it's Tuesday

Yesterday was a day I would like to forget, but it's history now. Ever the optimist, I'm hoping Tuesday will be a good day. 

Have something with pink, green, a dash of bokeh and a spider web. Practically everything you need for a good start to Tuesday except of course a Maniraptor in a spacesuit, but maybe Wednesday will be a lucky day for that. 

Have a great Tuesday whenever it rolls around to your timezone!

Glad it's Tuesday

Yesterday was a day I would like to forget, but it's history now. Ever the optimist, I'm hoping Tuesday will be a good day. 

Have something with pink, green, a dash of bokeh and a spider web. Practically everything you need for a good start to Tuesday except of course a Maniraptor in a spacesuit, but maybe Wednesday will be a lucky day for that. 

Have a great Tuesday whenever it rolls around to your timezone!___

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2015-07-27 17:24:52 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

I want to thank Google for these two key improvements:

a. communicating a direction to users

b. taking user feedback into account. I see that especially in this point: "Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google. YouTube will be one of the first products to make this change, and you can learn more on their blog. As always, your underlying Google Account won’t be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles."

h/t to +Moritz Tolxdorff  where I first saw this blog reference. Also to +Bradley Horowitz , who has just posted on the blog as well. 

I want to thank Google for these two key improvements:

a. communicating a direction to users

b. taking user feedback into account. I see that especially in this point: "Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google. YouTube will be one of the first products to make this change, and you can learn more on their blog. As always, your underlying Google Account won’t be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles."

h/t to +Moritz Tolxdorff  where I first saw this blog reference. Also to +Bradley Horowitz , who has just posted on the blog as well. ___

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2015-07-27 17:01:16 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

we want to make solar harvesting surfaces that you do not even know are there.

I'm hoping this will be cost efficient soon. Think of all the potential uses on buildings, cars, devices, etc.  

Totally transparent solar panels are now in production! We got in touch with the company founders who say their product is inexpensive and efficient. The invention is based on research published last year in the peer-reviewed journal Advanced Optical Materials.

http://www.gotscience.org/2015/07/27/solar-energy-that-doesnt-block-the-view/ #solarpower  ___we want to make solar harvesting surfaces that you do not even know are there.

I'm hoping this will be cost efficient soon. Think of all the potential uses on buildings, cars, devices, etc.  

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2015-07-26 22:57:44 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

The Upper Lake

A Sunday morning pre-race scene from the little town I live in. My daughter did a 5K. I went to cheer her on and shoot a photo or two for her. It was a good day. 

Have a great start to the week!

The Upper Lake

A Sunday morning pre-race scene from the little town I live in. My daughter did a 5K. I went to cheer her on and shoot a photo or two for her. It was a good day. 

Have a great start to the week!___

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2015-07-25 22:34:58 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

But seriously folks

Joe Walsh is awesome on guitar and has a sense of humor too. What a great combination!

I would get off the internet, but I can't find the door. tagging +Sean Cowen , +Steve c and +Gizmo the Sane . You'll know why. If you don't leave a message, maybe I'll get back to you. 

Life's been good to me

I have a mansion; forget the price
Ain't never been there; they tell me it's nice
I live in hotels; tear out the walls
I have accountants pay for it all

They say I'm crazy, but I have a good time
I'm just looking for clues at the scene of the crime
Life's been good to me so far

My Maserati does one eighty five
I lost my license, now I don't drive
I have a limo, ride in the back
I lock the doors in case I'm attacked

Imak... more »

But seriously folks

Joe Walsh is awesome on guitar and has a sense of humor too. What a great combination!

I would get off the internet, but I can't find the door. tagging +Sean Cowen , +Steve c and +Gizmo the Sane . You'll know why. If you don't leave a message, maybe I'll get back to you. 

Life's been good to me

I have a mansion; forget the price
Ain't never been there; they tell me it's nice
I live in hotels; tear out the walls
I have accountants pay for it all

They say I'm crazy, but I have a good time
I'm just looking for clues at the scene of the crime
Life's been good to me so far

My Maserati does one eighty five
I lost my license, now I don't drive
I have a limo, ride in the back
I lock the doors in case I'm attacked

I make hit records; my fans they can't wait
They write me letters; tell me I'm great
So I got me an office, gold records on the wall
Just leave a message maybe I'll call

Lucky I'm sane after all I've been through
Everybody say: I'm cool 
                    He's cool
I can't complain, but sometimes I still do
Life's been good to me so far

..long instrumental section..

I go to parties, sometimes until four
It's hard to leave when you can't find the door
It's tough to handle this fortune and fame
Everybody's so different, I haven't changed

They say I'm lazy, but it takes all my time
Everybody say: Oh, yeah
          Oh, yeah
I keep on going, guess I'll never know why
Life's been good to me so far
Yeah, yeah, yeah

..instrumental finish..___

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2015-07-25 20:56:48 (34 comments, 24 reshares, 330 +1s)Open 

Watch yourself hoomin

Ginger was a bit skeptical of that funny looking thing the human servant was holding in her face. 

Have a happy #caturday  !

[1] this post was considerately published in a collection. If you don't like cat posts, just don't subscribe to it. 

[2] no cats and no electrons were harmed in the making of this post. the human also avoided angering the cat and got away with the shot without a scratch this time 

Watch yourself hoomin

Ginger was a bit skeptical of that funny looking thing the human servant was holding in her face. 

Have a happy #caturday  !

[1] this post was considerately published in a collection. If you don't like cat posts, just don't subscribe to it. 

[2] no cats and no electrons were harmed in the making of this post. the human also avoided angering the cat and got away with the shot without a scratch this time ___

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2015-07-25 20:47:21 (52 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Observation: Self-Criticism and Rejecting Praise

This may seem a banal observation and one of those self-help truisms, but I've had a few comments and interactions this week that made me think about the difference between how we perceive ourselves and how we are perceived.

Women do not give themselves enough credit

I have more male followers statistically, but it seems the women on GPlus actually interact more. As far as I'm concerned, they put the social part into the social network. At least that's my subjective impression. It could be that I only see a subset, who have been infected with toxoplasmosis gondii and are actually mind-controlled by the parasite, but that's a different tangent for another time. [for further reading http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/12/do-cats-control-my-mind/282045/ ]

In any event the... more »

Observation: Self-Criticism and Rejecting Praise

This may seem a banal observation and one of those self-help truisms, but I've had a few comments and interactions this week that made me think about the difference between how we perceive ourselves and how we are perceived.

Women do not give themselves enough credit

I have more male followers statistically, but it seems the women on GPlus actually interact more. As far as I'm concerned, they put the social part into the social network. At least that's my subjective impression. It could be that I only see a subset, who have been infected with toxoplasmosis gondii and are actually mind-controlled by the parasite, but that's a different tangent for another time. [for further reading http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/12/do-cats-control-my-mind/282045/ ]

In any event the majority of my comment interaction and chats on GPlus are with women. I have observed that many have been very self-critical and even dismissive of praise. Sometimes it takes the form of  _"if you say it then it means a lot to me"_ , but really that means they don't believe in their own photo/text/art being good. I wonder why? What have we done to fill women with self-doubt? Am I also doing it to my own daughter? 

When you get praise: take it!

Here's a tip ladies: if someone praises something you've done learn to accept it. It might change things if you accept praise, by giving you some confidence when you're struggling.

A little secret

I'm probably my own worst enemy too. I know what it is to see the flaws in my own works, but I can't let that stop me. This vague, stream of consciousness post is an example. (Yes, I'm writing in one go, no draft. that's how I do everything except the work I turn into Kate for GotScience). I know it's flawed, could be better structured and more concise, but I'm doing it. Why? Because if I don't just do it, I wind up second-guessing, endlessly editing and throwing it away at least half the time. What's worse are all the things I think about and don't even start, because I figure it won't be good enough. 

Don't let that be you whether man or woman! Give it a shot, put it out there and you may be positively surprised by the reaction.

People see us differently

Ladies (yes, focusing on you again), you seem more susceptible to self-doubt than the males I bump into online and in real life. Of course there are exceptions to this generality, but again, in my subjective experience women don't believe they put out good stuff.

Have you ever heard this quote?

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. (Bertand Russell)

Stop doubting and second guessing

We're all just trying. Sometimes we have good days, sometimes we miss the mark. If someone says you did a good job with something, accept it at face value. You'll always have that doubting, critical voice inside, but other people probably don't see the 20 flaws you see. They see the positives.

At least when I look at other people's posts (writing, music, art, photos), what I see are the great things people do! So what if they aren't perfect? They're damn good, creative, insightful and thought-provoking. 

If we can view other people positively doesn't it make sense they can see us the same way?

Remember: when you're given feedback, say Thank You

Don't get into downplaying your work and dismissing it. Just say "thank you".

When people give you feedback, good or bad, they're helping you with a different perspective. Unless they are trolling accept it. As for trolling issues, just block 'em and be done.

If you can't accept praise then don't start pointing out issues; zip up your comments and stick to "thanks". Try that for a week or two. It may help.  Finally, there is a time to discuss the feedback you receive. If there is a question or a specific aspect mentioned then by all means discuss that, but do not diminish your work.

Thanks for your time. I hope this will make a difference for some of you. You really are creative, talented and interesting. 

Photo

Shot on a smartphone for a change (trying to get familiar with that). It didn't turn out like I hoped. I worked on it in Photoshop and it still isn't what I expected, but I'm posting this as an example. I see the flaws. I see where I failed to achieve what I hoped to do. What I captured was a lot noisier than I expected and lacked the detail I thought it should have had. Processing it was the proverbial "lipstick on a pig". But you know what?

a. I'm learning from the experience
b. I want people to see that things don't always work out like I hope for because of some of the comments I got that led to this post
c. If I stop kicking myself for all the things wrong and just step back, it's not bad for a photo shot from a parking garage after work with a smartphone. There was a time when I would have been very happy with this, so why not accept it, be happy and move on to the next photo chance? 
d. I have to walk the talk ___

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2015-07-23 23:35:16 (35 comments, 9 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Red Dot

A very late or very early post for me depending on how you look at it. I had other plans, but there were too many distractions for me. A lovely chat with a talented artist, Texas horned toads and Australian frilled lizards. I was actually intending to finish reading a chapter in a book, but never got to it. The lizards and their scales are related to the book though, so I'll call it research.

As for the photo, I figured I better get one done, because who knows how tomorrow will go? This was the same bee I posted recently. I was following it around, because of the red pollen on its legs. The photo has been cropped to 1920*1080, but the pixel size is the same as originally shot (often I have to downsize images first before posting). Admittedly, it would be a better photo if I had focused on the eye, but I was after that red dot. just like a cat or velociraptor chasing... more »

Red Dot

A very late or very early post for me depending on how you look at it. I had other plans, but there were too many distractions for me. A lovely chat with a talented artist, Texas horned toads and Australian frilled lizards. I was actually intending to finish reading a chapter in a book, but never got to it. The lizards and their scales are related to the book though, so I'll call it research.

As for the photo, I figured I better get one done, because who knows how tomorrow will go? This was the same bee I posted recently. I was following it around, because of the red pollen on its legs. The photo has been cropped to 1920*1080, but the pixel size is the same as originally shot (often I have to downsize images first before posting). Admittedly, it would be a better photo if I had focused on the eye, but I was after that red dot. just like a cat or velociraptor chasing a laser pointer dot 

Have a great Friday! ___

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2015-07-22 21:30:53 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Detail of the moth ( Hemaris fuciformis ?)

This photo was shot with my DSLR and a macro lens. I went with f7.1 (manual) to get more depth.

I love the colors on the wings. Such a delicious rusty red. And look at that furry posterior. I wish I could remember who it was that was posting funny comments about fuzzy bee bottoms the other day.



+Jacob Dix and +Sandy B for comparison with the mobile phone shot earlier today. I think both were good results, but different tools with different strengths (and I still have a lot to learn about both cameras).

Detail of the moth ( Hemaris fuciformis ?)

This photo was shot with my DSLR and a macro lens. I went with f7.1 (manual) to get more depth.

I love the colors on the wings. Such a delicious rusty red. And look at that furry posterior. I wish I could remember who it was that was posting funny comments about fuzzy bee bottoms the other day.



+Jacob Dix and +Sandy B for comparison with the mobile phone shot earlier today. I think both were good results, but different tools with different strengths (and I still have a lot to learn about both cameras).___

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2015-07-22 19:41:55 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Test pictures of a moth (Hemaris fuciformis?)

I'm trying to share this from the new Photos app, but it works a bit differently than writing a post and uploading directly in GPlus. (fingers crossed)

This shot was taken with a mobile phone. In daylight I think it rivals a normal camera for this task and is quite handy. In fact, I wouldn't have gotten this shot otherwise, because I saw this deceased (sadly) moth on my lunch break.

+Jacob Dix and +Sandy B I believe this post will be of interest to you. 

Test pictures of a moth (Hemaris fuciformis?)

I'm trying to share this from the new Photos app, but it works a bit differently than writing a post and uploading directly in GPlus. (fingers crossed)

This shot was taken with a mobile phone. In daylight I think it rivals a normal camera for this task and is quite handy. In fact, I wouldn't have gotten this shot otherwise, because I saw this deceased (sadly) moth on my lunch break.

+Jacob Dix and +Sandy B I believe this post will be of interest to you. ___

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2015-07-22 06:41:03 (23 comments, 15 reshares, 199 +1s)Open 

Paupers view of Prince's Castle

A few days ago I posted a shot of Sigmaringen Castle, which was our alternative location to take our guest. Our primary was Hohenzollern Castle, but the Prince's family was using it for two weeks thus it was closed to the public. 

Here's a view of Hohenzollern from 5 or 6 km away (by road, probably less as the crow flies). Of course, I could and did zoom in on the castle in other pictures, but one of the outstanding things about this castle is how it is situated atop an isolated conical "mountain" (only 855m). I wanted to give you a bit of that view. 

EDIT: Updated with a link to give you more information about the castle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hohenzollern_Castle

and the website 
http://www.burg-hohenzollern.com/startpage.html

Have a great Wednesday!

Paupers view of Prince's Castle

A few days ago I posted a shot of Sigmaringen Castle, which was our alternative location to take our guest. Our primary was Hohenzollern Castle, but the Prince's family was using it for two weeks thus it was closed to the public. 

Here's a view of Hohenzollern from 5 or 6 km away (by road, probably less as the crow flies). Of course, I could and did zoom in on the castle in other pictures, but one of the outstanding things about this castle is how it is situated atop an isolated conical "mountain" (only 855m). I wanted to give you a bit of that view. 

EDIT: Updated with a link to give you more information about the castle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hohenzollern_Castle

and the website 
http://www.burg-hohenzollern.com/startpage.html

Have a great Wednesday!___

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2015-07-21 21:12:44 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Looks like I somehow goofed up and shared privately when sharing from the +Got Science website. The silence was deafening. 

I tried a different kind of article this time. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to your comments! 

Bacterial Borg

While I was in London, I visited Alexander Fleming's office, which is now a museum. Looking into what an impact penicillin made and how recently we began using antibiotics got me thinking about how quickly bacteria adapt. They quickly develop resistance to the antibiotics in our arsenal. As +Kate Stone pointed out to me, it's a lot like the Borg in Star Trek adapting to the weapons used against them. 

Shortly thereafter I happened to see this paper in one of the science feeds I have subscribed to. It thought it was relevant to challenges with antibiotic resistant bacteria today and made for a good overview of alternatives.

This is a different article than usual for me: no photos of mine and I'm just providing a summary of the research. I have ideas for a few other articles on anitbiotics, how they changed out lives and alternatives.

Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear your input!

P.S. Special kudos to Kate and Lorna at +Got Science for making this readable. I thought that I had simplified the language, but we checked using a readability tool and it still needed a lot of work.  ___Looks like I somehow goofed up and shared privately when sharing from the +Got Science website. The silence was deafening. 

I tried a different kind of article this time. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to your comments! 

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2015-07-20 07:20:22 (35 comments, 13 reshares, 187 +1s)Open 

Sigmaringen Castle

Some of you may remember that we had a visitor from the US (high school orchestra travelling Europe) for a few days last week. Last Wednesday we were supposed to take the students out for some kind of excursion.

Our visitor said he was interested in castles. We planned to take him to Hohenzollern, but alas the Princes are using it for a two week period in July, so no visitors. The Hohenzollern family has another castle though a bit further south in Sigmaringen, so we went to it instead.  We got there just in time for a tour (one every 30 minutes, lasts 60 minutes). Unfortunately much of the castle is off limits, but I think it still made an impression. Also, no photos allowed inside, which is a shame, because their postcards are lacking.

While landscape photography isn't my forte (nor that of my camera), this view from the other bank of the... more »

Sigmaringen Castle

Some of you may remember that we had a visitor from the US (high school orchestra travelling Europe) for a few days last week. Last Wednesday we were supposed to take the students out for some kind of excursion.

Our visitor said he was interested in castles. We planned to take him to Hohenzollern, but alas the Princes are using it for a two week period in July, so no visitors. The Hohenzollern family has another castle though a bit further south in Sigmaringen, so we went to it instead.  We got there just in time for a tour (one every 30 minutes, lasts 60 minutes). Unfortunately much of the castle is off limits, but I think it still made an impression. Also, no photos allowed inside, which is a shame, because their postcards are lacking.

While landscape photography isn't my forte (nor that of my camera), this view from the other bank of the Danube was too lovely to not take a picture. Landscape photographers would have used a tripod, gotten the exposure perfect, etc. I shot handheld and had two teenage boys to worry about. They get bored fast and don't have much patience for taking photos.

Have a lovely start to the week!___

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2015-07-19 16:51:51 (59 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Punday or How I learned to stop worrying and love piles of bones

Sometimes I get a little obsessive about getting a picture just like I want it (this is not an example). I've been working days (actually nights) on a bunch of bones for an article I want to write. Nobody except me will even look twice at it, but I couldn't stop until I finally got it right. A composite of ~30 pictures and the working copy was over 1 GB. the final photo is only 60 MB, but I'll only be able to share it at a fraction of the size. Je suis fou, n'est ce pas ? 

Anyway, time for a little fun again. I'm taking a break then playing the rest of the evening. 

Photo: I saw parts of this photo at a medical bookstore in Berlin. Other parts are intended for your amusement. (hopefully it loads at a size you can see the additions) 7 changes, but one may not be obvious. 

Punday or How I learned to stop worrying and love piles of bones

Sometimes I get a little obsessive about getting a picture just like I want it (this is not an example). I've been working days (actually nights) on a bunch of bones for an article I want to write. Nobody except me will even look twice at it, but I couldn't stop until I finally got it right. A composite of ~30 pictures and the working copy was over 1 GB. the final photo is only 60 MB, but I'll only be able to share it at a fraction of the size. Je suis fou, n'est ce pas ? 

Anyway, time for a little fun again. I'm taking a break then playing the rest of the evening. 

Photo: I saw parts of this photo at a medical bookstore in Berlin. Other parts are intended for your amusement. (hopefully it loads at a size you can see the additions) 7 changes, but one may not be obvious. ___

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2015-07-18 09:27:46 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Moving along

Last day of the #fivedaynaturechallenge  . I was invited by +Aline van Wijk and thought about posting a horse in her honor, but we also chatted about wasps. Since this wasp was a recent visitor, I went with it.

I'd like to invite +Marilyn Benham to do the challenge. Marilyn, you have great photos and flowers are nature too, so maybe you'll find time for this. fingers crossed

Have a great Saturday!

Moving along

Last day of the #fivedaynaturechallenge  . I was invited by +Aline van Wijk and thought about posting a horse in her honor, but we also chatted about wasps. Since this wasp was a recent visitor, I went with it.

I'd like to invite +Marilyn Benham to do the challenge. Marilyn, you have great photos and flowers are nature too, so maybe you'll find time for this. fingers crossed

Have a great Saturday!___

2015-07-18 08:50:37 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

+Arman Ayva had an idea to get photographers together to give honest feedback to each other. I joined to test the waters. People are helpful and respectful, so I can recommend it.

Also, if you don't already follow +Arman Ayva let me recommend him to you as well. He has a great eye and great photos although as I learned from him in the community a rather unorthodox shooting style. I always see that I have lots to learn from other photographers!

+Arman Ayva had an idea to get photographers together to give honest feedback to each other. I joined to test the waters. People are helpful and respectful, so I can recommend it.

Also, if you don't already follow +Arman Ayva let me recommend him to you as well. He has a great eye and great photos although as I learned from him in the community a rather unorthodox shooting style. I always see that I have lots to learn from other photographers!___

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2015-07-17 22:24:29 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

+Crystal Mary Lindsey :  since you were looking for the Mad Hatter, this is my interpretation for someone else's birthday (name withheld to protect the innocent) a few years ago.

Have a great Friday!

+Crystal Mary Lindsey :  since you were looking for the Mad Hatter, this is my interpretation for someone else's birthday (name withheld to protect the innocent) a few years ago.

Have a great Friday!___

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2015-07-17 22:14:57 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Rainbow trout

Seen during our walk near Zwiefalten two weeks ago. The water was very clear, but at a certain angle you could only see light flashing on the surface of the water. 

Day 4 of the #fivedaynaturechallenge  . +Aline van Wijk invited me. I'd like to invite +Andreas Katifes to join in if he hasn't done this recently. 

Rainbow trout

Seen during our walk near Zwiefalten two weeks ago. The water was very clear, but at a certain angle you could only see light flashing on the surface of the water. 

Day 4 of the #fivedaynaturechallenge  . +Aline van Wijk invited me. I'd like to invite +Andreas Katifes to join in if he hasn't done this recently. ___

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2015-07-17 21:29:50 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Because it's +Shar Banning 's birthday and she only has a simple wish for mustaches in her stream.

I would Snidley Whiplash if I could, but my paintbrush fu is lacking. 

Because it's +Shar Banning 's birthday and she only has a simple wish for mustaches in her stream.

I would Snidley Whiplash if I could, but my paintbrush fu is lacking. ___

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2015-07-15 19:07:36 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Life is too important to take seriously

Day something or other of +Carrie Simpson 's #julydailyphoto  . Today was supposed to be on the theme of "eyes".

I don't know if you see what I see the donkey seeing, but look at those eyes.

Have fun folks!

Life is too important to take seriously

Day something or other of +Carrie Simpson 's #julydailyphoto  . Today was supposed to be on the theme of "eyes".

I don't know if you see what I see the donkey seeing, but look at those eyes.

Have fun folks!___

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2015-07-14 22:19:33 (32 comments, 36 reshares, 426 +1s)Open 

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable
                                                                       (Seneca)

Raptors are focused birds: highly intelligent, aware, fierce and independent. I admire them on the ground and in the air. that is all. 

Photo 
I took this picture in April 2014 at the Volerie des Aigles in Kintzheim, France. To be honest, I'm not sure anymore which species it was. Based on there web page I think it may be a red-tailed hawk (French Buse à queue rousse)
The photo has been downsized to only 1920*1080 so it's easier to view on mobile devices. 

Link
http://www.voleriedesaigles.com/th_gallery/buse-a-queue-rousse/# 

Tags : so that birdlovers have a better chance to find this lovely specimen. 
#birdsgallery  #birdphotography   #birds4all   #birdpoker... more »

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable
                                                                       (Seneca)

Raptors are focused birds: highly intelligent, aware, fierce and independent. I admire them on the ground and in the air. that is all. 

Photo 
I took this picture in April 2014 at the Volerie des Aigles in Kintzheim, France. To be honest, I'm not sure anymore which species it was. Based on there web page I think it may be a red-tailed hawk (French Buse à queue rousse)
The photo has been downsized to only 1920*1080 so it's easier to view on mobile devices. 

Link
http://www.voleriedesaigles.com/th_gallery/buse-a-queue-rousse/# 

Tags : so that birdlovers have a better chance to find this lovely specimen. 
#birdsgallery   #birdphotography   #birds4all   #birdpoker  ___

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2015-07-14 19:57:16 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

For +Sandy B , +Aline van Wijk and +Shar Banning , who have filled my evening with comments about wasps. Must be a thang. This wasp wouldn't leave me alone, so he became intimately acquainted with my hand (mini-Thor mode). There was enough left of the evil winged demon for a few practice photos. Note: I take spiders outside, I usher bees out, I even try it with wasps. Some are just Darwin Award candidates though

I'm actually trying to find some photos to put together for a challenge. I stumbled across this old one (April 2014). 

For +Sandy B , +Aline van Wijk and +Shar Banning , who have filled my evening with comments about wasps. Must be a thang. This wasp wouldn't leave me alone, so he became intimately acquainted with my hand (mini-Thor mode). There was enough left of the evil winged demon for a few practice photos. Note: I take spiders outside, I usher bees out, I even try it with wasps. Some are just Darwin Award candidates though

I'm actually trying to find some photos to put together for a challenge. I stumbled across this old one (April 2014). ___

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2015-07-14 06:45:02 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Fast forward

Have a great morning with a bit of flower power! I'm accelerating the schedule of my #fivedaynaturechallenge  (invited by +Aline van Wijk ), because time is relative, I'm impatient, and I may be too busy the next couple of days. 

I'm requesting the next victim be +Fototaker SF . Please tag me on your posts and invite someone new each day (whatever clock you use). use the hashtag to make it easy to find. That's all there is to it. 

also +Mz Maau , does this sort of slide in as a #pinkandgreen  for you?

Fast forward

Have a great morning with a bit of flower power! I'm accelerating the schedule of my #fivedaynaturechallenge  (invited by +Aline van Wijk ), because time is relative, I'm impatient, and I may be too busy the next couple of days. 

I'm requesting the next victim be +Fototaker SF . Please tag me on your posts and invite someone new each day (whatever clock you use). use the hashtag to make it easy to find. That's all there is to it. 

also +Mz Maau , does this sort of slide in as a #pinkandgreen  for you?___

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2015-07-13 21:11:10 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Always keep your nose pointed into the stream

This trout was in the clear stream emanating from the Wimsener Höhle (see my post a day or two ago). I shot this photo while eating trout at the restaurant in the "Reflection" photo. The water is very clear, cold and pure enough to drink without further processing. 

Day 2 of the #fivedaynaturechallenge  . I was lucky enough to be invited by +Aline van Wijk .

I would like to invite +Jari Pohjasmäki to participate.

Rules: Simply post a nature photo each day for 5 days. Tag me on your photos, so I can see your work. Please also invite someone else to do the challenge too. 

Always keep your nose pointed into the stream

This trout was in the clear stream emanating from the Wimsener Höhle (see my post a day or two ago). I shot this photo while eating trout at the restaurant in the "Reflection" photo. The water is very clear, cold and pure enough to drink without further processing. 

Day 2 of the #fivedaynaturechallenge  . I was lucky enough to be invited by +Aline van Wijk .

I would like to invite +Jari Pohjasmäki to participate.

Rules: Simply post a nature photo each day for 5 days. Tag me on your photos, so I can see your work. Please also invite someone else to do the challenge too. ___

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2015-07-13 16:54:02 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Bonus article. I originally wanted this to be a box in the Archaeopteryx article, but Kate split it out for readability (and she found a great illustration to pair it with).  

Raptor Prey Restraint mode is relevant to dinosaurs and the origin of birds. 

Bonus article. I originally wanted this to be a box in the Archaeopteryx article, but Kate split it out for readability (and she found a great illustration to pair it with).  

Raptor Prey Restraint mode is relevant to dinosaurs and the origin of birds. ___

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2015-07-13 15:59:25 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

One of my favorite subjects to read about

Most of you know me as a nature photographer, who also writes about insects (esp. bees) and the birds I see in the area of Germany where I live. I'm also very interested in dinosaurs. With +Kate Stone 's encouragement, I decided to do an article on the famous Archaeopteryx . In fact, I hope to do a second one soon.

It was a delight to be able to view the London Specimen at the Natural History Museum. I would need several articles to describe the amazing exhibits they have there. In fact I spent two days in the museum, but without a doubt standing in front of Archaeopteryx was the highlight for me. (A little hint: it's the most valuable fossil in the entire museum, but relatively few people visit it, because it's not with the other dinosaurs. It's in the museum's "Treasures" display section, which is... more »

One of my favorite subjects to read about

Most of you know me as a nature photographer, who also writes about insects (esp. bees) and the birds I see in the area of Germany where I live. I'm also very interested in dinosaurs. With +Kate Stone 's encouragement, I decided to do an article on the famous Archaeopteryx . In fact, I hope to do a second one soon.

It was a delight to be able to view the London Specimen at the Natural History Museum. I would need several articles to describe the amazing exhibits they have there. In fact I spent two days in the museum, but without a doubt standing in front of Archaeopteryx was the highlight for me. (A little hint: it's the most valuable fossil in the entire museum, but relatively few people visit it, because it's not with the other dinosaurs. It's in the museum's "Treasures" display section, which is very aptly named.)

You may have noticed that we're now named +Got Science, but it's the same team. In fact we have some great new science authors lined up. Look for new collaborations to come! ___

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2015-07-12 22:42:27 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Reflections

I'm behind on +Carrie Simpson 's #Julydailyphoto challenge, which is a great exercise in making me post things I probably wouldn't bother with otherwise.

July 12 was "Reflection". the list is available here #julyphotolist

Have a great Monday!

Photo: from a walk July 5. This is at the Wimsener Höhle (cave). The cave is a hundred meters or so to the right of the picture. 

Reflections

I'm behind on +Carrie Simpson 's #Julydailyphoto challenge, which is a great exercise in making me post things I probably wouldn't bother with otherwise.

July 12 was "Reflection". the list is available here #julyphotolist

Have a great Monday!

Photo: from a walk July 5. This is at the Wimsener Höhle (cave). The cave is a hundred meters or so to the right of the picture. ___

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2015-07-12 22:22:15 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Who's fairer?

This fly wanted camera time. I saw the flowers Sunday morning on the way to the Museum für Naturkunde (Berlin) [Natural History Museum]. 

+Aline van Wijk invited me to the challenge that keeps on giving   #FiveDayNatureChallenge  .  I happen to like that subject, so you get more nature photos from me whether you like it or not.

+Kimberly Elaine : I'm asking you to participate as my first victim. 

Day 1 is done.

Who's fairer?

This fly wanted camera time. I saw the flowers Sunday morning on the way to the Museum für Naturkunde (Berlin) [Natural History Museum]. 

+Aline van Wijk invited me to the challenge that keeps on giving   #FiveDayNatureChallenge  .  I happen to like that subject, so you get more nature photos from me whether you like it or not.

+Kimberly Elaine : I'm asking you to participate as my first victim. 

Day 1 is done.___

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2015-07-11 09:20:05 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Life as we know it = Water, Light and Green

I'm excited about the news from space: Ceres, Saturn, Mars, comets and Pluto, but those are harsh environments for life. Last weekend I had a beautiful walk next to some crystal clear creeks. There weren't many people (a LOT of biting flies!) so we pretty much had the path to ourselves. 

All that green and all that abundant free-flowing water were covered with lots of life. Here are a few small (downsized) samples to give you an impression. 

Have a great weekend!

#green #nature

Life as we know it = Water, Light and Green

I'm excited about the news from space: Ceres, Saturn, Mars, comets and Pluto, but those are harsh environments for life. Last weekend I had a beautiful walk next to some crystal clear creeks. There weren't many people (a LOT of biting flies!) so we pretty much had the path to ourselves. 

All that green and all that abundant free-flowing water were covered with lots of life. Here are a few small (downsized) samples to give you an impression. 

Have a great weekend!

#green #nature___

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2015-07-09 06:42:56 (14 comments, 3 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

Fluttering by

Seen on last Sunday's walk in the heat. It didn't seem to affect the insects any. If anything they were more active than usual. There were quite a variety of flowers in the grass strips and meadows along the path. I'm always happy to see that, because it allows for more diversity in the insect populations. There were plenty of bees buzzing about too.

Have a great Thorsday and enjoy the colors on these small flowers  (whatever they are)!

Fluttering by

Seen on last Sunday's walk in the heat. It didn't seem to affect the insects any. If anything they were more active than usual. There were quite a variety of flowers in the grass strips and meadows along the path. I'm always happy to see that, because it allows for more diversity in the insect populations. There were plenty of bees buzzing about too.

Have a great Thorsday and enjoy the colors on these small flowers  (whatever they are)!___

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2015-07-09 06:26:34 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

At a market

I enjoy markets with all kinds of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. It's a real treat for the eyes when you come across one.


+Carrie Simpson 's  #Julydailyphoto : Day 9 #fruit  

At a market

I enjoy markets with all kinds of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. It's a real treat for the eyes when you come across one.


+Carrie Simpson 's  #Julydailyphoto : Day 9 #fruit  ___

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2015-07-07 23:04:17 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Not as easy as you may think

While it is quite easy to follow an individual bee with my eyes, I find it to be a whole different ballgame when following and focusing through a viewfinder. Persistence and a smidgen of luck will sometimes reward me with something close to what I was hoping for.  

YABP yet another bee photo, because they make me happy. In my opinion bees are like cowbells : you're going to want a whole lot more of them. That's my prescription for GPlus.

Have a great finish to Tuesday or a great Wednesday as the case may be in your timezone! I must be off to get some REM-sleep. 

Not as easy as you may think

While it is quite easy to follow an individual bee with my eyes, I find it to be a whole different ballgame when following and focusing through a viewfinder. Persistence and a smidgen of luck will sometimes reward me with something close to what I was hoping for.  

YABP yet another bee photo, because they make me happy. In my opinion bees are like cowbells : you're going to want a whole lot more of them. That's my prescription for GPlus.

Have a great finish to Tuesday or a great Wednesday as the case may be in your timezone! I must be off to get some REM-sleep. ___

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2015-07-07 21:47:46 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

More exciting news on the solar energy front and another great article from +Kate Stone 

Vanadium redox batteries are an interesting choice. While this type of battery has a lower energy density than lead batteries and a much lower one than lithium, vanadium redox batteries have advantages.

They are simple, easy to maintain, have fast response times and scale well.  Some commercial and military installations have used vanadium redox batteries in UPS (Uninteruptable Power Supplies). It's easy for me to envision their use at a data center which has solar collectors on the data center roof. 

Read what the scientists have to say on +EH Science 

More exciting news on the solar energy front and another great article from +Kate Stone 

Vanadium redox batteries are an interesting choice. While this type of battery has a lower energy density than lead batteries and a much lower one than lithium, vanadium redox batteries have advantages.

They are simple, easy to maintain, have fast response times and scale well.  Some commercial and military installations have used vanadium redox batteries in UPS (Uninteruptable Power Supplies). It's easy for me to envision their use at a data center which has solar collectors on the data center roof. 

Read what the scientists have to say on +EH Science ___

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2015-07-07 07:07:03 (44 comments, 2 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. 
(Confucius)

I'm a sucker for poppies. When I see them I need to stop and take a closer look. So it was on Sunday's walk: I saw these poppies on the opposite side of a cow pasture and just had to get up close, which included lying down in the field and following the petals as the wind blew the flowers. Worth it for me!

FYI: The photo is 1920*1080 (downsized) so you can zoom in if your display is smaller.

Have a colorful day!


Tags

Day 7: Flowers in +Carrie Simpson 's #Julydailyphoto see #julyphotolist for subjects

+Liz C who likes +AllThingsRed  

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. 
(Confucius)

I'm a sucker for poppies. When I see them I need to stop and take a closer look. So it was on Sunday's walk: I saw these poppies on the opposite side of a cow pasture and just had to get up close, which included lying down in the field and following the petals as the wind blew the flowers. Worth it for me!

FYI: The photo is 1920*1080 (downsized) so you can zoom in if your display is smaller.

Have a colorful day!


Tags

Day 7: Flowers in +Carrie Simpson 's #Julydailyphoto see #julyphotolist for subjects

+Liz C who likes +AllThingsRed  ___

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2015-07-05 20:27:47 (14 comments, 15 reshares, 135 +1s)Open 

Castle Lichtenstein, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Located on the Swabian Alb near Reutlingen, the current Castle Lichtenstein is actually the third to bear the name.

The first castle was roughly 500 m south of this location. It was destroyed in 1381 during the Swabian Städtekrieg ("War between Cities"). The second Castle Lichtenstein was built at the current location in 1390. It was considered one of the best defended castles of the late Middle Ages, but gradually lost importance. Eventually it given to the Habsburgs during the Thirty Years War and fell into disrepair thereafter.

In 1826 Wilhelm Hauff published Lichtenstein one of the first historical novels in German. The plot concerned Herzog (Duke) Ulrich having to flee to Castle Lichtenstein in 1519. Wilhelm Graf (Count) von Württemberg was very interested in medieval history, architecture and art. Asit... more »

Castle Lichtenstein, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Located on the Swabian Alb near Reutlingen, the current Castle Lichtenstein is actually the third to bear the name.

The first castle was roughly 500 m south of this location. It was destroyed in 1381 during the Swabian Städtekrieg ("War between Cities"). The second Castle Lichtenstein was built at the current location in 1390. It was considered one of the best defended castles of the late Middle Ages, but gradually lost importance. Eventually it given to the Habsburgs during the Thirty Years War and fell into disrepair thereafter.

In 1826 Wilhelm Hauff published Lichtenstein one of the first historical novels in German. The plot concerned Herzog (Duke) Ulrich having to flee to Castle Lichtenstein in 1519. Wilhelm Graf (Count) von Württemberg was very interested in medieval history, architecture and art. As it happened, he was also related to Herzog Ulrich and was enthusiastic about Hauff's novel. Thus Wilhelm decided to purchase the ruins. In the period 1840-42 he had the Third Castle Lichtenstein erected at the location of the second.

While most people will think of Bavaria's Neuschwanstein as the German "fairy tale" castle, because of the influence it had on Disney, Castle Lichtenstein is considered Württemberg's "fairy tale" castle. In fact it was the setting for the 1999 German film Dornröschen (Sleeping Beauty).

Castle Lichtenstein is definitely worth a visit if you have the time and the weather is good for your photos. I've been there a few times and can personally recommend it.

Photo

Shot through the passenger window this morning as we drove towards Zwiefalten for our hike. We didn't have time to stop as we got started 40 minutes late (don't ask).

Additional Information

English
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichtenstein_Castle_(W%C3%BCrttemberg)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichtenstein_(novel)

Deutsch
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schloss_Lichtenstein_(W%C3%BCrttemberg)
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichtenstein_(Roman) ___

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2015-07-04 23:46:53 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Pulvis et umbra sumus  

We are dust and shadow  (Horace)

Edit: even kings.


for +Carrie Simpson 's #Julydailyphoto  see also #julyphotolist  
Join in at any point: the more the merrier.

Pulvis et umbra sumus  

We are dust and shadow  (Horace)

Edit: even kings.


for +Carrie Simpson 's #Julydailyphoto  see also #julyphotolist  
Join in at any point: the more the merrier.___

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2015-07-04 08:51:56 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Ever have one of those mornings?

You know when you wake up and see a random word like cahier   and began wondering why we have the word "book"[1] in English (my mind skipped the intermediate steps in the retelling). Or think how the Australian Emu War might have been the first war in historic times against dinosaurs? BTW the Emus won. 

Things have settled down a bit after breakfast. (I made "French" toast with butter, because I like the taste). Plans were forged with the neighbors for a Sunday morning hike before the temperatures get too high. Some lavender blossoms were picked, bees buzzed, wasps were batted away and grocery lists for the cookout were drafted. Now I'm off to procure said supplies, but I think there might be a post on the Emu War later today. That one just keeps bouncing around in my noggin. 

Oh, before I ramble on too long:Ha... more »

Ever have one of those mornings?

You know when you wake up and see a random word like cahier   and began wondering why we have the word "book"[1] in English (my mind skipped the intermediate steps in the retelling). Or think how the Australian Emu War might have been the first war in historic times against dinosaurs? BTW the Emus won. 

Things have settled down a bit after breakfast. (I made "French" toast with butter, because I like the taste). Plans were forged with the neighbors for a Sunday morning hike before the temperatures get too high. Some lavender blossoms were picked, bees buzzed, wasps were batted away and grocery lists for the cookout were drafted. Now I'm off to procure said supplies, but I think there might be a post on the Emu War later today. That one just keeps bouncing around in my noggin. 

Oh, before I ramble on too long: Happy Saturday! 

Photo
sunny days with lavender and bees epitomize a perfect summer day for me. take in my garden. 

Footnote
[1] book: Old English boc "book, writing, written document," traditionally from Proto-Germanic (bokiz) "beech" (cognates: German Buch "book" Buche "beech;" see beech), the notion being of beechwood tablets on which runes were inscribed, but it may be from the tree itself (people still carve initials in them). The Old English word originally meant any written document. Latin and Sanskrit also have words for "writing" that are based on tree names ("birch" and "ash," respectively). Meaning "libretto of an opera" is from 1768. A betting book is from 1856.
from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=book___

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2015-07-03 22:22:49 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation.
(Tennessee Williams)

Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation.
(Tennessee Williams)___

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2015-07-03 16:05:23 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Day 3: Let Sleeping Ghost Cats Lie

#julydailyphoto Black and White.

Today is the third day of +Carrie Simpson 's July daily photo challenge. Anyone who wishes to join in is more than welcome! The list for the month is here #julyphotolist . Join in at any time and remember to have fun! 

Day 3: Let Sleeping Ghost Cats Lie

#julydailyphoto Black and White.

Today is the third day of +Carrie Simpson 's July daily photo challenge. Anyone who wishes to join in is more than welcome! The list for the month is here #julyphotolist . Join in at any time and remember to have fun! ___

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2015-07-02 23:26:02 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

July 2 Entry: Glass

Sometimes my interface to reality breaks.

+Carrie Simpson 's July challenge. Please join in. The more the merrier.

Use these hashtags, so she can find your work. 
#Julydailyphoto #julyphotolist

Themes by day:

1. Bold Colour.
2. Glass.
3. Black and white.
4. Close up.
5. Shadow or Silhouette.
6. Everyday item.
7. Flowers.
8. Sky.
9. Fruit.
10. Old. 
11. New.
12. Reflection.
13. Makes you smile.
14. Childhood Memory.
15. Eyes.
16. Technology.
17. Animal.
18. T is for...?
19. Pattern.
20. A pile of something.
21. Light.
22. Your keys.
23. View from your window.
24. Night.
25. Tool.
26. Logo.
27. Door knob.
28. Money.
29. Sign.
30. Tradition
31. Selfie.

July 2 Entry: Glass

Sometimes my interface to reality breaks.

+Carrie Simpson 's July challenge. Please join in. The more the merrier.

Use these hashtags, so she can find your work. 
#Julydailyphoto #julyphotolist

Themes by day:

1. Bold Colour.
2. Glass.
3. Black and white.
4. Close up.
5. Shadow or Silhouette.
6. Everyday item.
7. Flowers.
8. Sky.
9. Fruit.
10. Old. 
11. New.
12. Reflection.
13. Makes you smile.
14. Childhood Memory.
15. Eyes.
16. Technology.
17. Animal.
18. T is for...?
19. Pattern.
20. A pile of something.
21. Light.
22. Your keys.
23. View from your window.
24. Night.
25. Tool.
26. Logo.
27. Door knob.
28. Money.
29. Sign.
30. Tradition
31. Selfie.___

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2015-07-02 07:13:25 (20 comments, 3 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

London Eye

A quick "Good Morning" post. This photo of the London Eye was made from near the "express" ticket area. It's hard to appreciate how large the Eye is until you're up close.


I hope you have a great Thorsday!

+Cableicous 

London Eye

A quick "Good Morning" post. This photo of the London Eye was made from near the "express" ticket area. It's hard to appreciate how large the Eye is until you're up close.


I hope you have a great Thorsday!

+Cableicous ___

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2015-07-01 22:37:32 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

July 1 entry: Bold Colour

This is for +Carrie Simpson 's July challenge. Who knows if I can do one of these everyday, but it's something to try for.

Today's photo was seen in Paddington Station, London on my recent visit. 
 
If you would like to join in, please tag Carrie and use these hashtags.
#Julydailyphoto #julyphotolist

For reference, here is the list she gave us:

Day Subject
1. Bold Colour.
2. Glass.
3. Black and white.
4. Close up.
5. Shadow or Silhouette.
6. Everyday item.
7. Flowers.
8. Sky.
9. Fruit.
10. Old. 
11. New.
12. Reflection.
13. Makes you smile.
14. Childhood Memory.
15. Eyes.
16. Technology.
17. Animal.
18. T is for...?
19. Pattern.
20. A pile of something.
21. Light.
22. Your keys.
23. Viewfro... more »

July 1 entry: Bold Colour

This is for +Carrie Simpson 's July challenge. Who knows if I can do one of these everyday, but it's something to try for.

Today's photo was seen in Paddington Station, London on my recent visit. 
 
If you would like to join in, please tag Carrie and use these hashtags.
#Julydailyphoto #julyphotolist

For reference, here is the list she gave us:

Day Subject
1. Bold Colour.
2. Glass.
3. Black and white.
4. Close up.
5. Shadow or Silhouette.
6. Everyday item.
7. Flowers.
8. Sky.
9. Fruit.
10. Old. 
11. New.
12. Reflection.
13. Makes you smile.
14. Childhood Memory.
15. Eyes.
16. Technology.
17. Animal.
18. T is for...?
19. Pattern.
20. A pile of something.
21. Light.
22. Your keys.
23. View from your window.
24. Night.
25. Tool.
26. Logo.
27. Door knob.
28. Money.
29. Sign.
30. Tradition
31. Selfie.___

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2015-07-01 22:05:11 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

News from my garden

This article's intent is to present some methods of pest control in a garden without resorting to pesticide. Because they were of special interest to me, I included multiple photos of ladybirds. 

I've had a stimulating exchange with a reader on the subject of "harlequin" ladybirds. They are also known as "Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle" and similar terms. These ladybirds are an invasive species in both Europe and the U.S.A. Some are present in my garden alongside native ladybirds. I deliberately sourced the native 2-spotted ladybird larvae, but wild ladybirds of different species including the "harlequin" also laid eggs in my garden. I accept it and observe it. To be clear though, it does not mean I advocate the introduction of non-native species.

I hope you enjoy the article and photos. I welcome your... more »

News from my garden

This article's intent is to present some methods of pest control in a garden without resorting to pesticide. Because they were of special interest to me, I included multiple photos of ladybirds. 

I've had a stimulating exchange with a reader on the subject of "harlequin" ladybirds. They are also known as "Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle" and similar terms. These ladybirds are an invasive species in both Europe and the U.S.A. Some are present in my garden alongside native ladybirds. I deliberately sourced the native 2-spotted ladybird larvae, but wild ladybirds of different species including the "harlequin" also laid eggs in my garden. I accept it and observe it. To be clear though, it does not mean I advocate the introduction of non-native species.

I hope you enjoy the article and photos. I welcome your comments. ___

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2015-06-30 20:54:39 (52 comments, 1 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

I'm Back

Sorry my stream has been quiet and rather boring lately. I have had a nasty cold, but am on the mend. 

It's really lovely weather right now. My garden's lavender loves it and where there's lavender there are bees! I haven't been able to sit outside and enjoy them, but I did get a quick picture yesterday. Hopefully the weather will hold and I'll spend a good bit of time out there. There's something magical about being in the middle of lavender plants with dozens of bees buzzing around you. 

Have a great leap second and a wonderful Wednesday when it rolls around to you!

I'm Back

Sorry my stream has been quiet and rather boring lately. I have had a nasty cold, but am on the mend. 

It's really lovely weather right now. My garden's lavender loves it and where there's lavender there are bees! I haven't been able to sit outside and enjoy them, but I did get a quick picture yesterday. Hopefully the weather will hold and I'll spend a good bit of time out there. There's something magical about being in the middle of lavender plants with dozens of bees buzzing around you. 

Have a great leap second and a wonderful Wednesday when it rolls around to you!___

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2015-06-27 21:19:26 (26 comments, 16 reshares, 250 +1s)Open 

The Monk and His Cat

Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are
Alone together, Scholar and cat.
Each has his own work to do daily;
For you it is hunting, for me, study.
Your shining eye watches the wall;
My feeble eye is fixed on a book.
You rejoice when your claws entrap a mouse;
I rejoice when my mind fathoms a problem.
Pleased with his own art
Neither hinders the other;
Thus we live ever
Without tedium and envy.
Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are,
Alone together, Scholar and cat.
(W. H. Auden based on an 8th or 9th century Irish text: see Endnote)

It seems a fitting end to #caturday  .  I have read plenty today and Ginger has watched the birds and had her cuddles. All is good. 


Endnote

Those of you, who follow me, probably expected me to not stop withju... more »

The Monk and His Cat

Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are
Alone together, Scholar and cat.
Each has his own work to do daily;
For you it is hunting, for me, study.
Your shining eye watches the wall;
My feeble eye is fixed on a book.
You rejoice when your claws entrap a mouse;
I rejoice when my mind fathoms a problem.
Pleased with his own art
Neither hinders the other;
Thus we live ever
Without tedium and envy.
Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are,
Alone together, Scholar and cat.
(W. H. Auden based on an 8th or 9th century Irish text: see Endnote)

It seems a fitting end to #caturday  .  I have read plenty today and Ginger has watched the birds and had her cuddles. All is good. 


Endnote

Those of you, who follow me, probably expected me to not stop with just the poem, but go looking for the original text. You won't be disappointed.

Here's the Irish text (I leave it as an exercise for you to find translations. There are multiple ones available)

Messe [ocus] Pangur bán,
cechtar nathar fria saindán;
bíth a menma-sam fri seilgg,
mu menma céin im saincheirdd

Caraim-se fós, ferr cach clú,
oc mu lebrán léir ingnu;
ní foirmtech frimm Pangur bán,
caraid cesin a maccdán.

Ó ru-biam ­ scél cén scis ­
innar tegdias ar n-oéndis,
táithiunn ­ dichríchide clius ­ 
ní fris 'tarddam ar n-áthius.

Gnáth-huaraib ar greassaib gal
glenaid luch ina lín-sam;
os me, du-fuit im lín chéin
dliged ndoraid cu n-dronchéill.

Fúachaid-sem fri freaga fál
a rosc a nglése comlán;
fúachimm chéin fri fégi fis
mu rosc réil, cesu imdis.

Fáelid-sem cu n-déne dul,
hi nglen luch ina gérchrub;
hi-tucu cheist n-doraid n-dil,
os mé chene am fáelid.

Cia beimini amin nach ré
ní derban cách a chéle;
mait le cechtar nár a dán
subaigthiud a óenurán.

Hé fesin as choimsid dáu
in muid du-n-gní cach óenláu;
do thabairt doraid du glé
for mumud céin am messe.

Since you read this far, if you don't have the time to look up a translation, here's one version:
https://www.ling.upenn.edu/~beatrice/pangur-ban.html ___

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